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Northamptonshire pilot of alcohol-check tag mooted as 'jail alternative'

13 May 2014 Last updated at 13:32 BST

An electronic tag to keep people sober is being piloted by Northamptonshire Police in the hopes of reducing alcohol-related crime.

The ankle tag, which originated in the United States, can measure alcohol consumption through a person's sweat and can be worn for up to four months.

Police said it offered a cost-effective alternative to court proceedings and jail.

Stuart Ratcliffe reports.